Invasion Of The Yellow Ducks

How thousands of yellow plastic bath ducks set off on a long voyage that has seen them become unwitting celebrities and key players in cutting edge scientific research.

The story began in 1992 when a container ship en route from Hong Kong to the USA ran into trouble in the Pacific Ocean.

As the ship rolled violently in heavy seas, several of the containers tipped into the sea.

At least one of them burst open and one of the world's great journeys started for around 29,000 plastic bath toys.

An epic that continues to this day...

Clive Anderson continues the tale.

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How thousands of yellow plastic bath ducks set off on a long voyage that has seen them become unwitting celebrities and key players in cutting edge scientific research.

The story began in 1992 when a container ship en route from Hong Kong to the USA ran into trouble in the Pacific Ocean.

As the ship rolled violently in heavy seas, several of the containers tipped into the sea.

At least one of them burst open and one of the world's great journeys started for around 29,000 plastic bath toys.

An epic that continues to this day...

Clive Anderson continues the tale.